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RCBC Governance Project 2014

RCBC Member Survey 

Update: Deadline for participation extended to February 24, 2014

February 6, 2014

As many RCBC members know, since 2012 I have been working towards a Master`s degree in Leadership at Royal Roads University. As part of that undertaking I am required to complete an Organizational Leadership Project (OLP) as my thesis.  My OLP is being done in conjunction with a review of RCBC's governance.  For my part in that overall project, I am engaging members to determine if there is a need to revise the current system of sector constituency representation on the Board of Directors. At present there are three members per each of the four sectors for a total of 12 board seats. 

Within this process we have convened one online focus group to provide clarification and insight towards a further set of questions to ask the membership as a whole.  Now that those focus group responses are in we are seeking input from all members on the issue of sector constituency representation within the governance structure of RCBC.  

 RCBC’s members are invited to participate in the online survey.  The responses will be recorded in an anonymous process. No personal information will be collected. The only identifier question is from which sector you are currently a member.

In addition to submitting my final report to Royal Roads University, I will be sharing my research findings with the entire Board of Directors at RCBC.  This information will also be used by the RCBC governance committee to develop recommendations on this issue. A summary will be made available to RCBC members. 

All information will be summarized, in an anonymous, aggregated format in the body of the final report.  Comments cannot be attributed to any individual. All documentation will be kept strictly confidential.  All raw documentation will be securely stored and destroyed on or before July 1, 2014.  

If you choose to participate in this research project, you are free to withdraw at any time without prejudice. Similarly, you are free to choose not to participate in the project without judgment. Please note that if you do participate and then choose to withdraw, the input you have provided to that point cannot be removed from the study due to the anonymous nature of the data collection process. Please feel free to contact me at any time should you have additional questions regarding the OLP and its outcomes. 

Finally, I would like to emphasize that this is part of an open democratic process that is only effective if members participate.  As the findings of this inquiry may affect your representation at the RCBC Board table in the future, I hope that you will participate and make your voice heard. 

The survey consists of 10 questions which should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey will be open for your responses until midnight Friday, February 14. Happy Valentine’s Day. For the link to the survey click here.

Invitation to Participate 

December 1, 2013

Background

This is an invitation to participate in an engagement process in conjunction with a review of RCBC’s governance. As some of you may know, RCBC CEO Brock Macdonald is completing a Royal Roads University Masters of Leadership degree. This engagement is part of his Organizational Leadership Project (OLP).  The OLP is a requirement of the Masters of Leadership Program, School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University.  You may verify this and his credentials as a student researcher with Royal Roads University by contacting Dr. Brigitte Harris, Program Head, MA-Leadership, School of Leadership Studies, at Brigitte.3harris@RoyalRoads.ca.  This document constitutes an invitation and an agreement to participate in that OLP research project, which is to investigate opportunities to improve sector representation at the Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC).  

How will the engagement process work?

We will be seeking member input and insight into the issue of sector constituency representation within the governance structure of RCBC.  We are inviting your participation because as a member of RCBC within a particular sector, you will have a perspective from that unique position. 

The first part of the research will consist of six online focus groups. All of RCBC’s members are invited to volunteer for participation in the focus group sessions.  Focus group participant will be randomly selected from a pool of members who volunteer.  Each focus group will be asked to post comments online in response to one question.  They will do so without interacting with any other participant and so will maintain anonymous status. No one will comment on a participants’ input. It will be collected by the student researcher verbatim and processed for analysis. 

Depending on the size of the volunteer pool, volunteers may be selected to participate in more than one focus group question session or none at all if the pool of volunteers exceeds the amount of participants required.  As stated previously, the responses will be recorded in an anonymous process. No personal information will be collected. 

In addition to submitting a final report to Royal Roads University, Brock will share research findings with the entire Board of Directors at RCBC and provide a summary for RCBC members. 

All information will be summarized, in anonymous, aggregated format in the body of the final report.  Due to the anonymous nature of the data collection, comments cannot be attributed to any individual. All documentation will be kept strictly confidential.  All raw documentation will be securely stored and destroyed on or before July 1, 2014.  

How to participate?

To volunteer in the online focus questions, please respond to members@rcbc.ca with the line, I would like to participate, in the subject line.  In the body of the email, please indicate your name, organization, and sector (business, non-profit, individual, or government).  

 If you choose to participate in this research project, you are free to withdraw at any time without prejudice. Similarly, you are free to choose not to participate in the project without judgment. Please note that if you do participate and then choose to withdraw, the input you have provided to that point cannot be removed from the study due to the anonymous nature of the data collection process. Please feel free to contact Brock at any time should you have additional questions regarding the OLP and its outcomes. 

By responding to this invitation, you are indicating that you give free and informed consent to participate in this project.

RCBC Working Groups

As a RCBC Member, you can be involved in the exchange of ideas and the discussion about how we get to zero waste, by becoming a member of one of RCBC's Working Groups.

These ad hoc groups are formed to collect knowledge, share information and make recommendations on specific topics such as organics and composting, packaging, and zero waste to our Policy Committee and Board.

For more information on the Policy Committee and Working Groups, contact Angela Paley at angela@rcbc.bc.ca.

RCBC currently has no active working groups. 

Additional Background
How it Works? - The Policy Development Process (pdf)
Working Group Policy (pdf)